New Haven Open CEO elected to tennis Hall of Fame

Mike Davies, the chief executive officer of the New Haven Open tennis tournament, has been elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

A former top player in Great Britain, Davies has spent more than 40 years promoting tennis. He is a former executive director of World Championship Tennis (WCT) and the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) and also served as general manager of the International Tennis Federation (ITF).

The 76-year-old Davies is credited with bringing about the first major network television broadcast of a tennis tournament, introducing colored clothing to a pro tour, and was the first to put chairs on the court during changeovers.

Davies was elected as a contributor to the game. The rest of the class of 2012 will be announced in the next month.